BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s hockey program announced five student-athletes to its 2012-13 signing class Monday morning. Lauren Miller (F, Brockville, Ontario), Madison Hutchinson (D, Manitou, Manitoba), Carley Esse (D, Cloquet, Minn.), Ciscely Nelson (F, Roseau, Minn.), and Brittni Mowat (G, Glenboro, Manitoba) all signed National Letters of Intent to join the BSU hockey program under head coach Steve Sertich in his eighth season with the team in 2013-14.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“We are really excited and pleased with this class and how it is going to be able to make an impact on our program and our Bemidji State Hockey family,” said Bemidji State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Shane Veenker. “There will be an adjustment period as there is for all young players and we are confident they will make an impact on our program right away and will be able to contribute to our success.”
“Our passionate Bemidji State women's hockey fan base, Bemidji State University, and the community of Bemidji are going to be very proud to watch the development of these young people over the next four or five years.”
Esse will become the third Cloquet-native to play at Bemidji State, joining Tamara Price (2004-05) and current senior captain and top scoring forward Sadie Lundquist. Nelson will be the first BSU player from the town of Roseau and the second player to play from Roseau High School to skate at Bemidji State, as Hallock, Minn. native Wendy Bergh was a Beaver from 2005-08 after playing prep for the Rams.
Miller, who hails from Brockville, Ont., will join a team that currently has six Ontario natives, two of whom are seniors this season. Hutchinson and Mowat of Manitoba are teammates for the Pembina Valley Hawks and will join the five current Manitoba natives that currently skate for the Beavers.
Lauren Miller • Forward • 5-7
Brockville Collegiate • Brockville, Ontario
At Brockville Collegiate: Has 14 points, including 10 goals, in 18 games this season for the Napean Wildcats…Won a bronze medal at the 2012 Canadian Under-18 National Championships for Team Ontario Red…Played for Ottawa Intermediate AA in 2010-11 and 2011-12…Selected for East Coast Selects European tour in 2008 and 2009…Also competes for the varsity soccer, basketball, volleyball, and rowing teams for her school.
Personal: Daughter of Richard and Bev Miller born Aug. 2, 1995…Undecided on a field of study at BSU…Honor roll student at her high school…Hobbies include reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.
Veenker on Miller: “In Lauren Miller, we are very excited to add an outstanding and potential top-six forward who we hope can play immediately for us and have a big effect on the power play. She will bring a tremendous skill set to the rink highlighted by her ability to shoot the puck and finish at the net. She possesses a great passion for the game and an ability to win battles at both net fronts, in the corners, and along the wall—the areas that are most important to winning. We expect big things from Lauren offensively.”
Madison Hutchinson • Defense • 5-8
Nellie McClung Collegiate • Manitou, Manitoba
At Nellie McClung Collegiate: Skates for the Pembina Valley Hawks of the Manitoba Female Midget AAA Hockey League (MFMHL) where she has 18 points in 24 games this season…Playing alongside fellow Beaver commit, goaltender Brittni Mowat…Was named the MVP of the MFMHL after an 85-point season and was named the league’s top defenseman in the Hawks’ 2012 Esso Cup championship run…Twice named to Team Manitoba for the Under-18 nationals, helping her team to a bronze medal in 2011 and a silver medal in 2012.
Personal: Daughter of Tim and Maureen Hutchinson born March 29, 1995…Plans to study chemistry and biology at BSU…First class honor student in high school…Enjoys softball swimming, training, and hanging out with friends.
Veenker on Hutchinson: “Madison Hutchinson is an outstanding young puck-moving defenseman who will really be a player to watch. She has size and a tremendous hockey IQ and she brings an outstanding skill level to the rink. We have high expectations for Madison and hopefully she will be a contributor right away. She has all the skills necessary to be a future leader in our program.”
Carley Esse • Defense • 5-8
Cloquet High School • Cloquet, Minn.
At Cloquet High School: Scored nine points in her first five games for Cloquet/Esko/Carlton in 2012-13…A four-time All-Lake Superior Conference honoree and all-state team member in 2011-12 for the Lumberjacks…Is the team’s captain this season…Named top all-area team honors by the Duluth News Tribune last season...Also has skated for the Team Minnesota Under-18 team, the Minnesota Selects, Minnesota Elites, and was in final 54 for the Advanced 16s and 17s…Played in the state tournament in 2009…Also a captain and all-conference selection for the school’s soccer team…Has earned a combined 13 varsity letters in hockey, soccer, softball, and track.
Personal: Daughter of David and Christine Esse born July 11, 1994…Plans to study mathematics at BSU…Honor student and member of the National Honor Society…Father, David, was a standout at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in college, captaining the team for four years and garnering multiple all-conference and All-American honors before being inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 2005…Sister, Courtney, has played hockey at the College of St. Scholastica since 2010…Enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching sports and movies, and listening to movies.
Veenker on Esse: “Carley Esse is from a hockey family. Her father, David, was an outstanding player at Wisconsin-Superior and is a legendary coach for the Cloquet High School boys’ team. She plays with great awareness on the ice and is hard to play against in the hard areas of the ice. She plays with great habits in all three zones and will be a real puck-mover for our D core. She's a great teammate who we expect will continue to develop offensively.”
Ciscely Nelson • Forward • 5-7
Roseau High School • Roseau, Minn.
At Roseau High School: Notched six points in her first six games of the season in 2012-13, including two assists in a win over Bemidji High School at the Sanford Center…Scored 27 goals and 44 points in 30 games for the Rams in a sectional championship and state tournament consolation title run in 2011-12…Helped send her team to the tournament with two goals in the Section 8AA championship game...Had three hat tricks, including a four-goal game against North Wright County…Participated on the Advanced 16 and 17 Festival teams.
Personal: Daughter of Forrest and Sue Nelson born Nov. 7, 1994…Undecided on a field of study at BSU…Cousin, Kelly Roysland, is an assistant coach for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team after playing four seasons for the Gopher hoops team and one season for the school’s volleyball team…Cousin, Brenda Slyt, played basketball and North Dakota State University…Hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, and playing tennis.
Veenker on Nelson: “Ciscely Nelson is a northern Minnesota born and bred player with a nice skill level. She has a real knack for being around the puck and the puck finds her on the ice. We expect her to bring some offense to our team in the future. Nelson will have to wait a year before she can really enter herself into the discussion, as the plan is for her to redshirt her first year.”
Brittni Mowat • Goaltender • 5-7
Glenboro School • Glenboro, Manitoba
At Glenboro School: Brought home gold at the Esso Cup alongside fellow Beaver commit Madison Hutchinson in 2012 and was named the tournament’s top goaltender…Is 10-4-2 thus far in 2012-13 with five shutouts, a 1.00 goals against average and a .959 save percentage…Made silver medal-winning Team Manitoba Under-18 squad in 2012 and help lead her teams to midget AAA league and provincial championships in 2011 and 2012.
Personal: Daughter of Trevor and Gudrun Mowat born July 29, 1995…Undecided on a field of study at BSU…Honor roll student…Hobbies include wakeboarding, softball, track and field, and hanging out with friends.
Veenker on Mowat: “We have been accustomed to great goaltending for the past few seasons and Brittni Mowat brings the potential to be another great goaltender for us here at BSU. She has shown an ability to win big games with her success at the Esso Cup and this year with helping lead Team Manitoba to a Silver Medal in Canada's U-18 Championship. She has tremendous self-confidence in her abilities as a goaltender and she seems to love the challenge of trying to steal games from the goaltender position. She will hopefully push very hard to play for us right away.”